AirAsia founder to launch budget healthcare service ASEAN-wide

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Tony Fernandes, founder of low-cost carrier AirAsia, is planning the launch of a new “affordable healthcare” business called Tune Care within his company holding Tune Group. He is expected to announce the plans at a conference held in Kuala Lumpur on July 8 and 9.

True Care will reportedly be launched in Malaysia’s Klang Valley by year-end and from there expand across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over the next two years. The business would be the final piece of the Tune conglomerate that spans from airline to hotels, travel portals, communications, education, sports and insurance.

Fernandes’ business partner in the venture is Dr Palvinderjit Singh, a 28-year old Malaysian-born doctor and entrepreneur who has been developing the idea of providing healthcare at an affordable prices for quite some time now.

“Tune Care will have its own hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, diagnostics centers and wellness programmes. It will be done in three phases, the first is to focus on preventive healthcare, and on to operations and invasive therapy,’’ he said.

To that end, Tune Group has created a specialised team to explore various affordable healthcare business models that include diagnostic labs, clinics and hospitals. The final business model should be finished in the “near future” and adapt the “no frills” principle of AirAsia and other Tune businesses to healthcare, although no details have been revealed how this would work. Observes note that, in particular, liability issues need to be taken into account in such a low-cost healthcare venture.

There are also plans to cooperate with India’s Tata Group to set up Tune Care services in India.

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Tony Fernandes, founder of low-cost carrier AirAsia, is planning the launch of a new “affordable healthcare” business called Tune Care within his company holding Tune Group. He is expected to announce the plans at a conference held in Kuala Lumpur on July 8 and 9.

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Tony Fernandes, founder of low-cost carrier AirAsia, is planning the launch of a new “affordable healthcare” business called Tune Care within his company holding Tune Group. He is expected to announce the plans at a conference held in Kuala Lumpur on July 8 and 9.

True Care will reportedly be launched in Malaysia’s Klang Valley by year-end and from there expand across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over the next two years. The business would be the final piece of the Tune conglomerate that spans from airline to hotels, travel portals, communications, education, sports and insurance.

Fernandes’ business partner in the venture is Dr Palvinderjit Singh, a 28-year old Malaysian-born doctor and entrepreneur who has been developing the idea of providing healthcare at an affordable prices for quite some time now.

“Tune Care will have its own hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, diagnostics centers and wellness programmes. It will be done in three phases, the first is to focus on preventive healthcare, and on to operations and invasive therapy,’’ he said.

To that end, Tune Group has created a specialised team to explore various affordable healthcare business models that include diagnostic labs, clinics and hospitals. The final business model should be finished in the “near future” and adapt the “no frills” principle of AirAsia and other Tune businesses to healthcare, although no details have been revealed how this would work. Observes note that, in particular, liability issues need to be taken into account in such a low-cost healthcare venture.

There are also plans to cooperate with India’s Tata Group to set up Tune Care services in India.

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